The Content Of The Article:
- Care Tips
- Pouring and fertilizing
- Cut and multiply
- Diseases and pests
- To which plants does the god flower fit?
- Worth knowing soon
The gods flower is also called by many, due to the peculiar flower form, shooting star flower. Another name is the 'Red Elite', One counts them to the family of the Primelgewächse. Due to its flower shape and similar color, it is often mistaken for cyclamen.
There are many different species of the god's flower, which differ only slightly in the care. So far, it is already, due to the easy care and propagation, represented in many ornamental gardens. To help you decide whether the so-called 'red selection' is right for you and your own garden, we would like to introduce you here to the features and the most important care tips:
- Bloom: ranges from May to June
- Rest time: after flowering, the leaves automatically retract
- Habitat: Forests and wet meadows
- Growth: Many-flowered stems sprout between the root-bearing leaves
- Blossom: pink or white with a maximum of 15 flowers
- leaves: about 10 cm long, entire or slightly dentate
- height: up to 30-40 cm
- The god flower is a cold germ and has a germination period of several months.
- Sowing must be done immediately after maturity (in autumn).
- If there is a pest infestation, it makes sense to repot the flower.
- However, if the flower of the gods has fallen victim to a root rot, do not repot the plants until the root rot has been repaired!
- It is important that the supply of nutrients and water is guaranteed.
- The plant is perennial and very hardy. In frost without snow cover you should cover it with leaves or brushwood.
- Since the plant has only a small stature height, it should not be planted in the densest bed.
- Pay attention to a distance of 25 cm between the individual plants.
- Improve heavy soils with compost and sand and use peat if there is calcareous soil.
- The deity flower needs a wind protected location and grows best in a partially shaded place.
- A big advantage is that a use in a rock garden is also possible.
- It is only important that the plant is never exposed to direct and blazing sun.
- Since it does not have a large growth width, it can be kept in borders and planters.
- The soil should be humus rich and moist throughout. Here it is important to note that this is not calcareous.
Pouring and fertilizingDo not allow the flower to dry out during flowering. After the flowering period, when the leaves have moved in, the plant must be kept much drier, then you must not pour too much, otherwise a root rot threatens. The gods flower does not tolerate waterlogging and should only be cast when the upper layer of the earth is dry. The plant must be fertilized exclusively in the spring and before the flowering period. Advantageous are organic and mineral fertilizers.
Cut and multiplyAt the beginning of the rest period the plant can be cut a little, but as a rule it is not necessary to cut the plant more often. The shoots should be cut about 10 cm above the ground after the main flower and before seed maturity. The aim of pruning the flower is to achieve a healthy re-emergence and to prevent excessive self-sowing. The flower stalk is also suitable for vase cut.
The shooting star flower can be multiplied by sharing. The safest is the propagation, however, by root cuttings. It is best to multiply the flower in spring at the onset of flowering or after flowering. In part, the propagation also takes place by itself through self-sowing.